Friday, February 27, 2015

February Daybook


Outside my window
We always seem to have at least one gorgeous week in February, so we made sure to soak up the sunshine before the rain clouds came back.

"Come on, Mom! SLIDE!!!"

I am thinking...
It hasn't all been fun and sunshine this week... I've also been spending lots of time at doctors offices. Tuesday afternoon I had yet another appointment with my doctor (for more blood work and a biopsy - ouch!) and on Wednesday (in addition to barely being able to use my left arm) I took our seven year old to see the pediatrician since he's had a lingering cough for the past four weeks. Thankfully it hasn't dropped into his chest, but he does have an ear infection. Poor little guy! It was actually the first time I've had to take any of the kids to see our wonderful pediatrician in over a year and he kindly handed me the box of Kleenex as I gave him a little update on our family which included my last pregnancy and miscarriage. 



continued from Instagram… "Then, as we pulled back in the driveway, the van died... At least we made it back home before that happened. I'll be calling the mechanic in the morning and trying to figure out how to get the girls to piano. sigh... I'm trying to offer up these extra little crosses without complaining but failing miserably. Lent has barely started and I'm so ready for Easter!"

I am thankful... 
We've been blessed with such an excellent pediatrician. He reminded me that it's been nearly 15 years since he arrived in our area and our oldest son became one of his first patients! We'll be seeing him a lot the next couple months since all the children are (over)due for well-child checkups.

I am also thankful that we have a great mechanic and it only cost $29.90 to fix the van, not $2990 like my sister thought when she looked at the receipt! Even though he needed the van all day, and no one else was available to take the girls to piano for me, my mom and sister dropped off my parents Jeep for us to use and it all ended up working out in the end. Whew!

Learning all the time
I'm so excited about the brand new Life Is Precious Culture of Life Unit Study for Elementary Students from American Life League! I was sent a review copy, along with a set that I'll be giving away here at Shower of Roses, but you can currently purchase this Unit Study at an awesome discount for a limited time!



The program, which will help parents and teachers instill a solid pro-life foundation in their students, uses some of our favorite picture books (including Angel in the Waters and Horton Hears A Who!) to explore age-appropraite culture of life themes such as life as a preborn child, being uniquely created by God, the need to protect the innocent, and defending firmly held beliefs in the face of adversity." I'll be starting Lesson 1 with my children soon!


Celebrating the liturgical year...
The children brought home Rice Bowls from our parish on Ash Wednesday and have been adding coins each day.


Bud loves to count the items for each day and place the corresponding number of pennies in his Rice Bowl! (Update: After reading the recent reports on CRS, we will be sending our "pennies" to a different charity this year.)


From the kitchen... 
Grilled Cheese & Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches for lunch and Fish Tacos for dinner.

I am working on... 
finding ways to improve my health and making time to exercise at least a few days each week.

I am creating...
plans for Easter, along with two huge giveaways for all my dear online friends and visitors here at Shower of Roses.

I am going...
to my friend Ann-Marie's baby shower tomorrow! Have you seen the new additions to her saint doll collection yet? She just added St. Joseph! He's definitely going on my "wish list" for my little boys along with St. Gerard. Rose received St. Therese from her Christkindl for Christmas and she is so soft and sweet!


I am hoping...
to have a chance to reply to emails sometime this weekend. Once again I am so behind!

I am praying...
for many special intentions and for all those who have asked for prayers.

I am reading…
Jesus of Nazareth: The Story of His Life Written for Children by Mother Mary Loyola.

Chiquita loves to draw while I read-aloud. This week she was inspired by the front cover of our book!  

Pondering these words…
from Matthew Kelly's The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose which my sister JoAnn shared on Facebook last week:


"Our spiritual needs have a tendency to change as the seasons of our lives change. Each of us has a unique spiritual journey. In different stages of the journey, we have different needs. And yet, there are some needs that are unchanging and necessary in all seasons of our lives- silence, solitude, and simplicity."

I am listening…
Eric Carle: Around the Farm Play-A-Sound. Bud's Godparents sent him this for his Barnyard Birthday last December and it is still one of his favorites. He has all the sounds memorized and loves flipping through the pages and testing himself. I'm pretty sure everyone else has in this house has all the sounds memorized too! ;)



Around the house...
I had to take a picture when I walked out to the family room and found Captain organizing Student Writing Intensive Writing Assignments!


Oh! That reminds me… IEW just released their new 2015 edition of Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. If you purchased a new copy of the 2000 edition sometime within the past 15 years they are offering an upgrade for only $30. I sent in the upgrade for mine this past week! 

One of my favorite things...  
I love watching Bud play with his older brother's Perplexus Ball… He's so good! I'm going to have to try and upload a video sometime to share. I also love that it keeps him entertained for hours! ;)



This weekend's plans
Hockey Games, Baby Shower, and a Latin Mass... We were able to find a priest to travel and offer Mass this Sunday night, on a one-time trial basis!

A little peek at my day...
I know we really need the rain, but it'd sure be nice if it'd stay outside.  Yep, another leak.
When it rains it pours. :)